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Investigating environmental management practices within the Northern Cape wine supply chain

Elize G. Trollip
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 12 | a404 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v12i0.404 | © 2018 Elize Gertruida Trollip | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 26 April 2018 | Published: 27 August 2018

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Background: Environmental management systems and practices have become a necessity in wine supply chains, given their vulnerability to climate change. Climate change could lead to a 55% loss of wine-cultivating land in South Africa by 2050, which would harm the first two tiers of the wine supply chain.

Objectives: The objective was to investigate the current environmental systems and practices applied in the first two tiers of the Northern Cape wine supply chain.

Method: This qualitative exploratory study was conducted by semi-structured interviews to determine the various environmental management systems and practices adopted by role players. The data collected were analysed by thematic analysis.

Results: The results indicated the implementation of an environmental management tool, namely the Integrated Production of Wine scheme. Supportive practices such as water- and energy-wise approaches, soil management and waste management were also identified. Furthermore, a sincere relationship between farmers, cellars and viticulturists results in collaboration based on mutual information sharing and cooperation between role players to reduce their environmental impact.

Conclusion: The various environmental management practices and the collaborative approach between role players can serve as an example to other agricultural supply chains.


wine supply chain; environmental management practices


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